US Senator ‘Inciting Terrorism’ by Encouraging Israel to Assassinate Scientists

Iran has condemned the remarks made by US Senator Lindsey Graham in Israel who encouraged the Zionist regime to assassinate more Iranian scientists.

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations wrote a letter to the UN Security Council on Wednesday to protest the “hateful” remarks.

The full text of the letter reads as follows:


Upon instructions from my Government, I would like to draw your attention to the recent provocative and terror-inciting statement made by US Senator Lindsey Graham in which he stated support for further terrorist acts against Iranian nuclear scientists.

In an interview on 14 February 2022 during his tour of occupied Palestinian territories, Senator Lindsey Graham referred to the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist in late 2020 and, in an invitation for additional terrorist acts against Iranian scientists, remarked, "You know, a lot of Iranian scientists have had a lot of accidents,” he said. “I would expect there’ll be more accidents to come".[1]

This repulsive, abhorrent and reprehensible remark, which serves as a green light to the Israeli regime to perpetrate further terrorist acts against Iranian nuclear scientists, is a clear breach of the US' international obligations, particularly those under UN resolutions that call on States to prohibit incitement to terrorist acts and refrain from providing any kind of support for terrorist activities.

Recalling the Israeli regime's long history of sabotage operations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities, including the cowardly assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists in recent years as well as joint US-Israeli cyber operations against Iran's nuclear facilities using a malicious computer worm known as Stuxnet, the international community in general and the Security Council, in particular, must vigorously condemn such provocation and incitement for terrorist acts which threaten to further destabilize an already volatile region.

While warning against the Israeli regime’s adventurism as well as its ramifications for the region's peace and security, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its right under international law to take all necessary measures to protect and defend its citizens, interests, and installations against any terrorist or disruptive acts.

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter circulated as a document of the Security Council.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.